Monday, February 17, 2020

England In A Cup, Barbie and Teacup paring...


I love Barbie, I always have and I always will. She was truly apart of my growing up and even into my adult hood. I still love going down the Barbie Isle, and I even now have a Barbie doll not far from me. What sparked today post is something that I keep enjoying on a Facebook page I follow called England In A Cup. I was most moved by the post from February 12th, where they post a photo of a stunning vintage Barbie and then show you three possible teacups for you to vote on which one goes best with the doll.

Here is the Barbie they posted, now here are three of my cups, which do you think goes best with this Barbie and her outfit?
This is One
This is Two
This is Three

Now which do you think goes with the Vintage Barbie Best? 
Thank you for playing along, did you love Barbie's too? 
I look forward to sharing more with you again soon, oh and share more about my newest Barbie in an upcoming post.  Check out England in A Cup on Facebook by clicking here
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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Mismatched Sunday


Sunday Morning and I was recently cleaning and organizing my tea cup collection and as you guessed it its pretty vast. Something I did earlier this week reminded me of how much I enjoy my miss matched sets. This set shown above is mismatched! The cup was a gift from my friend Verna , the saucer is one I had on hand and think I may have the match somewhere....no matter though these look like they belong together.

Some of these treasures I picked up for under $1 each piece at charity shops and thrift stores, who sell the cups for $1 and plates $1 when they are orphaned. This plate was $1 and so was the Moss Rose cup! This is a larger luncheon style plate with an indent for the matching cup! Not a match but now a match!


I have been one to pick up and store or try to match with an existing saucer a cup that is too pretty to pass up, never paying more than $4 and always thrilled with the match.  I was so upset when the cup for the Regal Series cracked when I poured tea in it, but was thrilled to later that day find this lovely cup that coordinated so well I barely missed it, though I did later on purchase at a thrift store another set of Regal Series Pink, so win win for me.

Take a look and a chance on what you might already own or find in your local charity shops! Even Tea Time magazine does posts with mismatched sets that give your tea time a fun and fresh look. Let me know if you try this and I love hearing your success stories.
Thank you for joining me today for this Mismatched Sunday. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday Morning Tea and Coffee Beverage Bar

This Saturday morning I thought I would share my little kitchen tea and coffee station. I got the idea a few months ago from a group I joined on decorating. I don't have a ton of room but I did manage to find a very small counter height rolling cart with a metal top and drawer that was the perfect addition to my kitchen area. The cart has two shelves with doors that store my tea and thermos, as well as the drawer holds candles and strainers.
Beverage Bar inspiration, image from Pinterest. 


 I have seen some beautiful beverage stations on pinterest and fell in love with the Rae Dun still canisters.  I happened to find them and two mugs, along with the small pot that says cheer at my local Winners Store. The little pot holds the tea spoons and coffee spoon. I have also loved seeing how people decorate their little beverage bars, I don't have a ton of space so for Valentines day I added the little Gnome who sits on my tea canister whom I found at Michael's craft store and I used two command strips with hooks to hang up the two mugs that I tied red ribbon on. Above my tea kettle and coffee maker I have three framed prints (used Mix Tiles) of three comics that I loved all having to do with tea and coffee.

Having the cart keeps other things off my counters and I love having the dedicated location to make tea and coffee, just steps from the sink!
 Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a look at my beverage bar. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fancy Friday Finds, Princess Margaret Rose 1930

For this weeks Fancy Friday Finds, I am sharing another one of three sets I picked up that are called Princess Margaret Rose, these sets were made to honor the birth of Queen Elizabeth's sister, and they are quite unique and special. The saucers are oval shaped and Paragon did such a lovely job with this pattern and colors, I am still really thrilled with this find. 
The Queen Mother shown here with Princess Margaret Rose, image from Google. 
When I found these they too were separated from their saucers, so I hunted and found three perfect sets! I paid $8 each for the set and was pleased to learn that the average price was $54!

I washed the sets up and love to have my tea out of them, I toasted my very own Queen Elizabeth who lives in my tea shop, to this amazing find!

You never know what you will find when you go to the thrift store. This was a particularly bountiful day and an unusually great find, but you never know what you are going to find until you look!
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Raven's Feast A Beautiful Book by Kung Jaadee



This week I was given a beautiful children's book by Canadian Author, Kung Jaadee. The book is called Raven's Feast and it is published by Medicine Wheel Education and is Illustrated by Jessica  Von Innerbner. 
This is a story about Raven (Yaahl) who created the world and prepared a feast for the whole world to share with him in Haida Gwaii. This is an absolutely beautiful story that gave me goose bumps!
 There is so much beauty in this story and book, it celebrates oral history, language and culture. I talks of togetherness, peace, harmony and the gifts we have and give freely to others. It talks of love and of respect, honor and friendship. 
I also loved that it includes words and phrases in Haida . 
You can find this book in Canada at Indigo, and on line by clicking here. 


Haw’aa Kung Jaadee. Haw’aa Yaahl. Thank you Moon Woman and Raven for the gift of Raven’s Feast. This story truly celebrates the uniqueness we all have and the gifts we have received from Yaahl. Dang dii kuyaadang. 
Haw'aa for joining me here for a cup of tea and a children's book review of Raven's Feast. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Secret Garden Tea Room In Vancouver, BC

This past Sunday a friend and I went for High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Room in Vancouver, BC. I have been here four times and this Sunday was particularly busy and very loud. Despite how loud I found the tea room, I loved the presentation and the food items offered. The service was also really lovely.
I had the Secret Garden Tea, which was a lovely and light fruity, vanilla black tea and it paired well with what we ordered. The Egg pinwheels are always a favorite of mine, simple, classic and clean. Lovely! The Chicken Croissant was very good and the croissant was almost as good as the one I had in England. The Mexican Beef Tartlet was served cold and while very flavorful, not at all what I had expected for a high tea flavor, much stronger than the other three sandwich offerings.
The scones were picture perfect and divine! House made raspberry jam and the Devonshire cream, perfection!
The treats on the top tier a chocolate pie, an apricot pie, with icing, and the lemon tart were the perfect sweets to finish this three tiered tray. I think the lemon tart was my favorite but that Chocolate was hard to beat!
Our table had sugar cubes in a chipped cup and saucer, which looked lovely, but I hated to see such a pretty set with this chip! I still prefer a sugar bowl.
All in all it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Check out Secret Garden Tea Room on their website by clicking here. 
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a tea room review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Kathleen Bridge's Manor of Dying

Kathleen Bridge's Manor Of Dying, on my kindle and my table this week. Finished it last night and absolutely was delighted with it. This is a great series, A Hampton's Home and Garden Mystery and main character Meg, caught up in yet another complicated and twisted mystery. This one was a bit different then the others I read in the series, still with the amazing imagery and setting of the Hampton's and great characters, surrounded by beautiful antiques and very unique rich people! This time Meg is not decorating a cottage but instead helping her friend with set design. I found myself feeling like one of the gang, tagging along on this exclusive set and location . I enjoyed the story line of the main mystery and how it intertwined with the older mystery. I was shocked I had not figured out the murderer, I was pleasantly surprised, to discover that I was not as clever as I thought I was.
This is a great read and I am thrilled to have had the chance to read and review it.

You can learn more about this book and series by clicking here 

Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com